Rudy Giuliani must immediately pay $146 million toand a federal judge suggested that the former New York mayor may have been dishonest with his finances and expressed concern that he might not comply with the sentence.
The latest twist in the defamation case comes just days after Giuliani was ordered to pay $146 million to the two women, Ruby Freeman and her daughter, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss. Giuliani had falsely claimed in the wake of the 2020 presidential election that they participated in a fake ballot processing scheme while serving as poll workers.
In a scathing ruling Wednesday, Judge Beryl Howell disputed Giuliani's objections that he could not afford to pay a large monetary award. “These claims about Giuliani's 'financial difficulties,' no matter how many times they are repeated or publicly disseminated and duly reported in the media, are difficult to reconcile with the fact that Giuliani has a spokesperson who accompanied him daily to the trial.” “Howell wrote.
The damages award was originally set at $148 million, but Howell later reduced it to $145,969,000 due to an earlier settlement Freeman and Moss reached with the right-wing cable news channel OAN.
Before the jury began deliberating last week, Giuliani's lawyer had stated that paying the $48 million in damages initially requested by Freeman and Moss “it will be the end” from him financially. However, the jury got an award that was $100 million higher than they had asked for.
Giuliani's attorney, Joe Sibley, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Despite the jury's decision, Giuliani continued to air his election conspiracy theories directed at the two women. Three days after the defamation case concluded, Freeman and Shaye Moss filed a new complaint asking the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to permanently enjoin Giuliani from “persisting his smear campaign” against them.
In Wednesday's ruling, Howell said he was waiving the standard 30-day waiting period to collect the judgment. “In particular, although he speaks publicly regularly about this case, Giuliani has never denied that he has taken steps to conceal his assets from judgment creditors, and has offered no affirmative promise that he will not take steps to do so, including in the coming years.” 30 years. days,” he noted.
Giuliani's net worth.
About 15 years ago, the former public servant's net worth was estimated atwith $15 million of that total coming from his business activities, including his work with the lobbying firm Giuliani Partners.
But signs suggest Giuliani's wealth has declined since then. On the one hand, he dedicated himself to selling 9/11 t-shirts for $911 and at one point he sold video messages on Cameo for $325 each. His page on the site says Giuliani is no longer available.
Giuliani also faces other financial challenges. His long-term lawyer is fell to $6.1 million., claiming that the former mayor owes him nearly $1.4 million in legal fees. Giuliani also put his Manhattan apartment up for sale earlier this year for $6.5 million, although the price has changed since then.
Editor's note: This story and headline have been updated to clarify the reduction in the amount owed by $146 million.
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